Seasonal Tips from Lebanon Veterinary Hospital
At Lebanon Veterinary Hospital, we are committed to giving you all the tools necessary for excellent pet care, all year round!
If your pet gets scared or stressed out during thunderstorms in the spring, we recommend using Thundershirts to help alleviate loud noise anxiety. We also offer medications that can calm your pet and allow them to remain comfortable when things get noisy.
If your pet goes outside to play on a hot day, make sure he has plenty of cool water to drink, and a shady area to rest in. Don’t forget to check on your pet regularly and lock your gate if you have a fenced in yard – this not only keeps him from wandering out, but it keeps predators like coyotes from coming in. Never leave a pet in a hot car, even if the windows are cracked and the car is in the shade. Temperatures in a hot car can rise to 120 degrees on a 78 degree day.
Products like antifreeze and rodenticides, and household plants like lilies and holly, are toxic to pets if ingested. Antifreeze has a sweet smell and taste that is tempting to our pets, and rodenticide often looks like food or treats. If eaten, lilies and holly can cause seizures, heart rhythm problems, or even be fatal. Play it safe and keep all houseplants far out of reach of your pet. Make sure chemicals are sealed properly in their containers and kept in safe places that your pet can’t get into.
If your pet spends time outside during the winter, make sure to take precautions so your pet will avoid getting frostbite. The tips of his ears and nose, pads of his paws, and any exposed skin is the most susceptible to frostbite. If you see areas on your pet’s body that are tender or swollen, these could be signs of frostbite. Bring your pet inside right away, contact our practice immediately, and let us help your pet.